Matthew Hunter Matthew Hunter

Matthew Hunter

Special Counsel Commerical Litigation
07 3231 0663 mhunter@mcw.com.au Download vCard

Matthew has close to 20 years of experience in relation to complex litigation and commercial disputes. Matthew has worked closely with many of the top Australian and international insurers and self-insureds. He spent 5 years
in the UK, at which time he worked as internal legal counsel for various insurers.

Matthew’s work comprises professional indemnity, life insurance and personal injury claims. Matthew delivers high quality advice and service, focussed on achieving timely and desirable commercial resolution of disputes and litigation. He prides himself on his proactive work ethic and clear communication of strategy.

Matthew has been involved in large scale litigation including multi-million dollar claims involving professional negligence, D&O insurance and class actions (both in defence and on behalf of class members).

Delivering high quality advice and service, focussed on achieving timely and desirable outcomes.

Matthew's Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor in the High Court of Australia
  • Admitted as Solicitor in England & Wales

Matthew's Expertise

  • Commercial litigation
  • Personal injury claims
  • Life insurance
  • Professional indemnity
  • Building and construction litigation
  • Fraud claims
  • Property damage
  • Product liability
  • Directors and officers
  • Coverage and reinsurance
  • Regulatory
  • Insurance recoveries

Matthew's Leadership

  • President of the Lions Club of Brisbane Metropolitan
  • Committee member of the Queensland Association of Fire Investigators
  • Australian Insurance Law Association
  • Australian Professional Indemnity Group

Matthew's Recent Experience

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Professional indemnity

Work Undertaken

Defence of claims on behalf of accountants, lawyers, builders, building certifiers, architects, IT and other professionals. Claims range from small claims to multimillion dollar disputes.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Personal injury claims

Work Undertaken

Acting for plaintiffs and defendants in relation to cases involving motor vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation, occupier liability, medical negligence and product liability.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Fraudulent claims

Work Undertaken

Investigation of numerous fraudulent insurance claims including claims involving deceptive non-disclosure and arson fraud. Involved in the defence of a claim on behalf of an insurer in relation to fire damage to one of the most expensive residential properties in Queensland.
Presents at educational seminars in relation to developing legal issues on behalf of the Queensland Association of Fire Investigators.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Property Damage

Work Undertaken

Defence and prosecution of claims relating to damage caused by numerous causes such as fire, water ingress, pests, faulty construction and faulty design.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Product Liability

Work Undertaken

Defended numerous claims on behalf of a popular electronics manufacturer, achieving speedy resolution.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Insurance recoveries

Work Undertaken

Successful recovery actions against third parties in relation to property damage and motor vehicle related claims.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Directors and officers

Work Undertaken

Acted in relation to the defence of behalf of directors of investment, mining and property development companies, of claims for sums as large as $100 million.

Matthew's recent publications

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  1. TPD Claims - Start Of Qualifying Period Not Necessarily The Date Employment Ceased

    18 Feb 2021

    Standley v Onepath Life Ltd [2020] NSWSC 848 The NSW Supreme Court has found that, in relation to a claim for benefits pursuant to an “Own Occupation” for total and permanent disablement (TPD) policy, a requirement for an insured to be absent...

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  2. NSW Court of Appeal Offers a COVID-19 Remedy

    20 Nov 2020

    The New South Wales Court of Appeal recently handed down judgment in the highly anticipated test case of HDI Global Specialty SE v Wonkana No. 3 Pty Ltd [2020] NSWCA 296. In a big win for insureds amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the NSW Court of Appeal has...

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